Saturday, April 30, 2011

Family Bios from Sunset Valley - Warren-Hawke, Landgraab (see note) and Goth families

The Warren-Hawke Family

Hugo Warren-Hawke

Sim Origins: by Chrysame
Age: Adult
Occupation: Politics - City Council Member
Characteristics: Absent-minded, brave, family-oriented, grumpy, friendly
Brief biography: Hugo's ultimate goal is to be the leader of the free world. He has been hampered in this goal, there is a lot of competition for politics and so far he has not gained enough recognition to climb as high as he would like. He also does not realize that his much loved wife Ripley is a major liability to his goals. If her true profession came to light during a campaign, he'd be lucky to be allowed to fetch coffee for even the Yes Men in the department.

Ripley Warren-Hawke

Sim Origins: by Chrysame
Age: Adult
Occupation: Criminal - Bank robber
Characteristics: Flirty, brave, excitable, artistic, kleptomaniac
Brief biography: Ripley's true love is the arts. However, her aptitudes in bravery and kleptomania have enabled her to excel in the darker arts of thievery. It is said that Ripley could make a watch disappear off the arm of the local cop while they were paying attention and they would still have no clue what happened. Ripley has tried gently to inform Hugo of her profession, but so far he has yet to notice her hints.

Kristina Warren-Hawke

Daughter of Hugo and Ripley Warren-Hawke
Age: Teen
Characteristics: Slob, workaholic, disciplined, artistic
Brief biography: Workaholic and disciplined Kristina wants to make an impression at school so that she can go far. She has chosen the profession of interior design as her main goal in life. While she is strong on design skills, she has yet to work on her people skills that will help her business flourish as she deals with difficult clients.

Roberta Warren-Hawke

Daughter of Hugo and Ripley Warren-Hawke
Age: Child
Characteristics: Brave, athletic, friendly
Brief biography: The younger daughter of Hugo and Ripley. Like many children, she spends so much time either doing homework or watching tv that she is barely acquainted with anyone else in town.

The Landgraab IV Family

Special note, this family starts with Malcolm Landgraab IV - my attempt at remaking the Sim from Bluewater Village in Sims 2. They have no relationship to the Landgraabs of Sunset Valley.

Malcolm Landgraab IV

Sim Origins: by PiB
Age: Deceased
Characteristics: Ambitious, Charismatic, Slob, Grumpy, Athletic

AJ Anderson Landgraab

Sim Origins: by SelahFreeAtLast
Age: Deceased
Characteristics: lucky, angler, loves the outdoors, athletic

Birth order of their three children - Mindi (Landgraab-Goth), Malcolm (Landgraab V) and Daniel Landgraab

Daniel Landgraab

Son of AJ and Malcolm Landgraab IV
Age: Young Adult
Occupation: Law enforcement - Desk jockey
Characteristics: Brave, loves the outdoors, excitable, bookworm, hot-headed
Brief biography: Hot-headed Daniel has always found his temper to be a problem. His relationships at school suffered greatly, no one wanted to be around if his temper got the best of him. He and his official girlfriend Debbie can barely stand to be in the same room. Daniel hopes the discipline required from law enforcement will help him curb his tongue. He lives with his older brother and family.

Landgraab V family

Malcolm Landgraab V

Son of AJ and Malcolm Landgraab IV
Age: Young adult
Occupation: Self employed fisherman - saltwater initiate
Characteristics: Neurotic, loves the outdoors, athletic, friendly, angler
Brief biography: Heir of the family and family name, Malcolm prefers outdoor pursuits above all others. He especially adores fishing. He is willing to spend all hours in any weather to catch the perfect specimen. Not much of one to socialize for the sake of it, he holds a deep affection for his older sister and her son. His marriage with Tatianna has finally provided him with a son of his own and an heir to the family name and traditions.

Tatianna Landgraab

Sim origins: by Kaleeko
Age: Young adult
Occupation: Military - Grunt
Characteristics: Perfectionist, dislikes children, snob, athletic, mean spirited
Brief biography: Tatianna's disposition leaves most of the town reluctant to be in the same building with her. One of her few friends was Malcolm. Friendship turned to love one evening and the pair have been doing well since.

Malcolm Landgraab VI

Son of Tatianna and Malcolm Landgraab V
Age: Baby
Characteristics: Athletic, virtuoso
Brief biography: NA

Goth family

Gunther Goth

Age: Deceased
Characteristics: Grumpy, charismatic, frugal, workaholic, brave

Cornelia Goth

Age: Deceased
Characteristics: Grumpy, charismatic, neat, unflirty, perfectionist

Birth order of their children Mortimer (Landgraab-Goth), Rena Goth

Rena Goth

Daughter of Gunther and Cornelia Goth
Age: Young Adult
Occupation: Culinary - Kitchen Scullion
Characteristics: Insane, loves the outdoors, loser, athletic, easily impressed
Brief biography: Rena was the surprise child born late in their lives to Gunther and Cornelia Goth. Her father died soon after her birth. Cornelia grew more interested in finding a new partner then she was in raising her second child. Rena suffered from this lack of love, she finds it hard to make friends. Her only friend is her teen sweetheart Walter. Rena has yet to move away from home, her brother Mortimer has not pressed her to leave.

Landgraab-Goth family

Mortimer Landgraab-Goth

Son of Gunther and Cornelia Goth
Age: Young Adult
Occupation: Music - Lyricist
Characteristics: Hopeless romantic, artistic, grumpy, heavy sleeper, ambitious
Brief biography: Mortimer knew by the end of high school, there were two things he wanted in life. To make his family even wealthier then the had been and to have Mindi Landgraab for his wife. A hopeless romantic himself, his lyrics reach out to pull the hearts of every concert going fan. It's said that his concerts cause more proposals then any other single factor. And two days after the concert, the couples come to their senses and break off the relationship.

Mindi Landgraab-Goth

Daughter of Malcolm and AJ Landgraab
Age: Young adult
Occupation: Journalism - Investigative reporter
Characteristics: Neurotic, genius, good, light sleeper, kleptomaniac
Brief biography: Mindi wants to master the arts of writing and painting. She currently works as a freelance journalist for a local magazine, not as one of the SV Times writers. She is thinking about becoming a self-employed writer and creating a children's book series which she would write and illustrate. Her neurotic tendencies stem from needing to swipe things and then feeling guilty until she has a chance to return them. She has yet to admit her habit to Mortimer.

Seth Landgraab-Goth

Son of Mortimer and Mindi Landgraab-Goth
Age: Child
Characteristics: Over-emotional, good, easily impressed
Brief biography: So far, life has been good for the young Seth. He still has yet to master doing homework in time for school. He is extremely fond of his mother and uncle, his father is nearly a stranger to him.

Friday, April 29, 2011

The SV Times - Gnus of Interest

News in the City
by Connor Frio
School overcrowding is reaching epic proportions in Sunset Valley. Teachers are complaining that their classrooms don't have enough desks for the number of students. Parents are complaining because their kids skip school. The kids complain since it takes them over 2 hours to enter the door and get to their desk. They say that's the main cause of skipping school, why enter if half the day is gone already.

We interviewed Mayor MJ Rose-McPherson about the situation.

"Well, of course the city would love to have more funding for schools, but we just don't have the budget to support it. As you know, we offered some incentives so the Backlot Studio would set up here. And those incentives cut the rest of the budget to the bone."

"Then the incentives were a bad idea?"

"I'm sure that having a new industry in town will make life much better in the long run. It's just going to be a bit rough for the next two years. I've asked the governor for assistance. However she has yet to reply."

I managed to convince Governor Christi Clayton to an interview.

"Sunset Valley gets just as much of the government money as the other cities in our district. It is not our responsibility to throw more money toward a city that spent over a quarter of their budget on some 'incentive' scheme.

People in the City
by Cycl0n3 Sw0rd
Landgraab family gathered in the local library. Patriarch Geoffrey Landgraab, both his sons Malcolm and Brendan and Malcolm's wife Bella all decided to take a break in the library.

Malcolm said, "We're really mostly a bunch of bookworms and this gives us a break from the babies."


"Bella gave birth to twins, a boy and a girl. We're quite excited of course but a little stressed from having two babies to deal with."

Ripley Warren-Hawke spent much of the evening playing at Red Rendezvous.

"There wasn't a big crowd tonight, but the people here were most appreciative of my music. They dropped over a hundred simoleons into my case."

Relationships in the city
by Star Matlock
Bradley Kane and Courtney Leman were getting to know each other better in one of the traditional town trysting places, the Pleasant Rest Graveyard at night. The teenagers were willing to spend until the wee hours of the morning, unfortunately for them, the police regularly look for teen couples. Worse for Courtney was her father Thomas was the cop that busted them.

"Courtney did try the 'Oh Daddy, we just lost track of time' ploy," Thomas Leman stated. "So she's grounded until she can prove her ability to tell the time properly. She might be allowed out by the time she's an adult, maybe."

"And the Kane boy?"

"His father did not look pleased to see a police car arrive outside his house with his son in it. I believe a few words were dropped in the boy's ear."

Jon Marsh and Pauline Wan were seen together at The Corner Pub. The two of them were getting along quite well, which is only to be expected of two of the biggest flirts in town.

They also share a similar history. Jon was married once and has divorced. Pauline was married once and has divorced. They both left children behind with their former spouses.

Sunset Valley Chess Tournaments
By Autumn Portobella

Trina Sw0rd is still working her way through the chess ranks. Her last opponent was Thomas Leman. After two matches, Mr Leman graciously admitted defeat.

"Her opening gambit was superb," said Mr Leman discussing the match. "Trina is a moderately aggressive player and I wasn't keeping my defenses in line well enough.  We may have a new Chess champion in the city soon."

Friday, April 22, 2011

The SV Times - Connor Frio's Blog

Hey there, loyal readers. I'm Connor, investigative reporter for the SV Times. The management in their infinite wisdom have decided that the reporting staff "Shall blog from time to time to remind the readers that there are people behind the stories." There are always people behind the stories. Some of them make the news. Some of us report it. We are all people.

I think it's a bulls**t idea but hey, they pay for my time. Even when it's a blog.

At any rate, here's a pic of me and one of my girls. My Celeste. She's such a little sweetheart.

It has been interesting for me since Alicia entered my life. A wife, a step-daughter and my own little girl. When Alicia first tried to woo me, I couldn't believe that a relationship with anyone would work. I prefer my solitude; reading a good book in a quiet corner. She had her work cut out for her, convincing me that I could love her and accept her daughter as my own.

She was very right. You know, I can't imagine life without any of them now.

Alicia has been a bit touchy of late. She's had another birthday and I dare not mention anything around her that even vaguely sounds like birthday.

The Frio Family - Connor, Alicia, Caroline and Celeste

Alicia Longshore Marsh Frio

Sim Origins: by selahfreeatlast
Age: elder
Occupation: Politics - City Council Member
Characteristics: Great Kisser, Charismatic, Schmoozer, Lucky, Friendly
Brief biography: Alicia is on her second marriage. The first marriage with Jon Marsh proved unsatisfactory since Jon hated being tied down plus his tendency to chase every skirt in town. Alicia had made many friends across town, but more meaningful relationships eluded her for some time. Then she met Connor. It took time to bring him out of his shell, but worth it. Her marriage with Connor has been good for both of them.

Connor Frio

Age: adult
Occupation: Journalism - Investigative Reporter
Characteristics: Loner, Unflirty, Absent-minded, Good, Bookworm
Brief biography: Connor was happy when he moved away from his brother to a place of his own. He was the ultimate loner, or so he thought until Alicia entered his life. Now he's surrounded by girls, and finds that a family brings happiness of its own. He dearly loves his wife and both of their girls. His work at the Sunset Valley Times brings him a lot of satisfaction.

Caroline Marsh Frio

Daughter of Alicia and Jon Marsh
Age: child
Characteristics: Slob, Clumsy, Artistic
Brief biography: Caroline barely remembers her biological dad, he left the family while she was a toddler. She's been very happy since gaining her new dad. Her new little sister, on the other hand, is someone she could do without.

Celeste Frio

Daughter of Alicia and Connor Frio
Age: toddler
Characteristics: Hates the Outdoors, Friendly
Brief biography: Still a toddler, there's so much to see and learn ahead for this little girl.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Family Bios from Sunset Valley - Leman, Kane and Walker Families

Brief family bios of those Sims important enough in Sunset Valley to earn a regular spot in the local paper. Any Sim without a listed Sim origin is one of mine, one of the default Sims in Sunset Valley or born in this game. Any sim listed with Sim Origins was downloaded from the Exchange and the creator's forum name is displayed.

The Leman Family -Thomas, Twyla, Courtney, Ernie, Erick

Thomas Leman

Age: Adult
Occupation: Law Enforcement currently Special Agent
Characteristics:Flirty, Over-Emotional, Charismatic, Green Thumb, Light Sleeper
Brief biography: Thomas is a born charmer, and his romantic conquests across town prove how effective he is at that. Then one night, a burglar woke him up accidentally and changed his life forever. While he took a lot of flack at work for marrying Tywla, his burglar, he has never had cause to regret the move. He has steadily been moving up the ranks in Law enforcement and has nearly reached his goal of International Super Spy.

Twyla Leman

Age: Elder
Occupation: Retired
Characteristics: Unlucky, Excitable, Eco-Friendly, Evil, Friendly
Brief biography:When you are an unlucky burglar, you will have more of a tendency to get caught then the average criminal. Twyla was unlucky twice over when she burgled the home of one of the local cops and got caught. Three children later and even Twyla had to admit that was actually a very lucky night. She is still friends with a few of her former coworkers and sometimes tips Thomas off as to the next heist.

Courtney Leman

Daughter of Thomas and Twyla Leman
Age: teen
Characteristics:  Clumsy, Handy, Eco-Friendly, Athletic
Brief biography: Courtney's life wish is to develop a perfect mind, perfect body. She is deeply in love with Dion Wolff, she has yet to notice how much competition she has for his affections. While she's good with a wrench, and good on the track, her clumsiness makes some things quite difficult for Courtney.

Ernie Leman

Son of Thomas and Twyla Leman
Age: teen
Characteristics: Insane, Unlucky, Disciplined, Athletic
Brief biography: Ernie has the unfortunate combination of traits; insane and unlucky. His insanity has created a very bad reputation for him around town, he has been known to bully any Sim that crosses his path. While his parents do love him, they are the only people in town that have friendly feelings toward the boy. Ernie wishes to be a Jack of All Trades.

Erick Leman

Son of Thomas and Twyla Leman
Age: child about to be a teen
Characteristics: Clumsy, Hydrophobic, Grumpy
Brief biography: Erick feels that nothing goes his way and this makes him perpetually cross. Tripping over his own feet more often then making his way successfully across a room annoys him more than it would most people. So far, no one outside of his family has shown any kindness to this grumpy child.

The Kane Family - Jebidiah, Meredith, Travis, Bradley

Jebidiah Kane

Sim Origins: From Kaleeko (downloaded as Season 1 family)
Age: Adult
Occupation: Criminal currently Super Villain
Characteristics: Loner, Computer Whiz, Inappropriate, Evil, Kleptomaniac
Brief biography: Jeb moved his family to Sunset Valley when he found that the local syndicate had no talent at the top of the profession. For awhile he reigned supreme as the Master Thief but was demoted after being taken in for questioning. He has now one step away from being the next Emperor of Evil.

Meredith Kane

Sim Origins: From Kaleeko (downloaded as Season 1 family)
Age: Adult
Occupation: Ghost Hunter currently Seance Holder
Characteristics: Good Sense of Humor, Loner, Neurotic, Childish, Artistic
Brief biography: Meredith has found life with Jeb sometimes frightening, sometimes exciting and never dull. She's too childish herself to be the best mother but she does try to be there for her children. Her new career in ghost hunting came as a surprise to everyone but Meredith has actually been relishing the challenge.

Travis Kane

Son of Jebidiah and Meredith Kane
Sim Origins: From Kaleeko (downloaded as Season 1 family)
Age: teen
Characteristics: Athletic, Slob, Easily Impressed, Artistic
Brief biography: Travis is the muscle in the family, not the brains. His life want is the be a Superstar Athlete. He finds working out in the gym the most satisfying place to be. The classroom he is forced to stay in most of the day is less appealing. Travis adores Tomeka Wolff.

Bradley Kane

Son of Jebidiah and Meredith Kane
Sim Origins: From Kaleeko (downloaded as Season 1 family)
Age: teen
Characteristics: Loves the Outdoors, Neat, Mooch, Friendly
Brief biography: Bradley currently wants to be the leader of the free world. He does well at school and gets along well with his family. His best friend is Annabelle Grant, he has yet to meet the girl or boy of his dreams.

The Walker Family - Wyatt, Marta, Anthony

Wyatt Walker

Sim Origins: by Selahfreeatlast
Age: adult
Occupation: Criminal currently Cat burglar
Characteristics: Brave, Athletic, Kleptomaniac, Schmoozer, Charismatic
Brief biography:When Wyatt met Marta, there was little question that they were meant for each other. They share so many traits and even their career. Wyatt is slightly better at smoothing over situations and sweet talking people into doing what he'd like.

Marta Tomasi Walker

Sim Origins: by Chrysame
Age: adult
Occupation: Criminal currently Cat burglar
Characteristics: Brave, Handy, Athletic, Charismatic, Kleptomaniac
Brief biography: Marta is known around town as the Wrench Wench. Her method of smoothing any situation over is to pull out her rather large wrench and swing it around a few times. Amazingly this works for both badly behaving appliances and badly behaving people.  She always makes time for her Snookums though.

Anthony Walker

Son of Wyatt and Marta Walker
Age: teen
Characteristics: Eco-Friendly, Heavy Sleeper, Easily Impressed, Mean Spirited
Brief biography: Wants to marry and bury a wealthy Sim some day. He also loves Tomeka Wolff oblivious to the fact that she also loves Travis Kane. Being a mean spirited Sim bodes poorly for his romantic future, he'd rather insult and argue with someone then date them. Also, dating Tomeka Wolff is unlikely to give him the sort of wealth that he ultimately desires, since she does have 3 other siblings still living at home.